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I am pleased to announce the 2021 Congressional App Challenge! I hope this opportunity sparks enthusiasm for coding and a passion for problem solving in all participants. 

 

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide competition encourages middle and high school student STEM engagement. Participants are invited to create an application or “app,” for desktop/PC, web, tablet, mobile, or other devices. A winner from the 24th Congressional District, chosen by a panel of expert judges, will be featured on the Congressional App Challenge website, and the winning app will also be eligible to be on display in the U.S. Capitol, honoring the winners from across the country.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students in California’s 24th Congressional District. Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. No more than four students are allowed to form a team. If competing as a team, at least half of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the district in which they are participating in.

 

Registration is now open for interested participants. Students entering the competition must submit their app to CongressionalAppChallenge.us by Nov. 1, 2021. 

 

This is the perfect opportunity for Central Coast students to harness twenty-first century programming and technology to showcase their talent, skill, and vision. Whether you are an aspiring programmer or enjoy coding for fun, I welcome all students to submit an app! 

 

Should you have any questions please contact Jesse Ebadi in my Santa Barbara District Office at Jesse.Ebadi@mail.house.gov or Caitlin Cox in my San Luis Obispo District Office at Caitlin.Cox@mail.house.gov. We look forward to seeing the wonderful work your students submit!


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7/27/2021
-11/1/2021
9:00am to 11:45pm


Santa Ynez Valley Community

Leadership Program

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Purpose

To prepare aspiring community leaders in the Santa Ynez Valley for leadership roles so that they may function effectively as leaders in:

  • Municipal government
  • Public agencies and
  • Not-for-profit community organizations

Vision

  • City councils, boards, commissions, public agencies and not-for-profits will be led by leaders who are knowledgeable about our communities and skillful in working with the people with whom they work.
  • Graduates will listen to their constituents and colleagues respectfully, work together to balance priorities, and achieve broad-based support for their decisions and actions.
  • When graduates seek a community leadership role, having completed the Program will be a “feather in their cap.” 

 

Program overview

  • Duration: Sept.11 – Nov. 13, 2021
  • Meetings: Saturdays, 9 AM-Noon
  • Venue: Solvang Senior Center
  • Learn through:
    • Classes and workshops
    • Readings & assignments
    • Team project participation

Participants

  • Residents of the Santa Ynez Valley
  • Aspiring community leaders
  • Committed to active participation
  • In high school or older
  • People who provide diverse views
  • Pay a participation fee of $100 

 

Benefits

 

To participants:

  • Greater community leadership skills
  • Greater credibility as a leader
  • More knowledge of the community
  • Greater self confidence as a leader
  • A network of other community leaders
  • Better leaders where they work

To the community:

Community leaders who are:

  • More skillful in working with others
  • Knowledgeable about our community 
  • Better listeners
  • Better team players
  • More knowledgeable decision-makers
  • More effective community leaders

 

In cooperation with

  • Local Rotary clubs and Chambers of Commerce

For more information and an application

  • Ian Jacobsen CMC, FIMC, President

Rotary Club of Solvang


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9/11/2021
-11/13/2021
9:00am to 12:00pmIan Jacobsen


Pumpkin People!  Starting October 9 -Solvang Library

Pick up a mini-pumpkin at Solvang Library, while supplies last; take some of our spare craft materials (felt, yarn, ribbon & fabric) then decorate as a character from a book, or inspired by a book!  This craft is for all ages.  Please take a photo of your pumpkin to share with us!

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10/9/2021
-11/1/2021
 


Make a reservation online, then bring a blanket and enjoy songs and stories outdoors with your preschooler!


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10/27/202110:30am to 11:45am


LIVE ONLINE: Solvang Library's Book Club for Kids -Wednesday October 13 & 27, 4:00 pm

For young readers ages 8-12.  Meets up online to read and talk about new & classic books.  October's book is "The Boy at the Back of the Class" by Onjalie Q. Raúf.   Thanks to the Friends of the Library of Santa Ynez Valley, the first 10 kids to sign up each month will receive a free paperback copy of the book!  More information and registration is on the library calendar.

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10/27/20214:00pm to 5:00pm


LIVE ONLINE: When Home is Not Enough: Healthy Housing Transitions with Lauren Mahakian
Thursday, Oct. 28, 11:00 am

An online presentation and discussion with Lauren Mahakian, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Care Manager and Elder Care Specialist.  Feel free to invite family members from out-of-the-area to engage in this lively discussion.  The meeting will be held via Zoom, please register to receive the link.

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10/28/202111:00am to 12:00pm



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10/28/20214:00pm to 5:00pm


Make a reservation online, then bring a blanket and enjoy songs and stories outdoors with your preschooler!


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11/3/202110:30am to 11:45am


Make a reservation online, then bring a blanket and enjoy songs and stories outdoors with your preschooler!


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11/10/202110:30am to 11:45am


Make a reservation online, then bring a blanket and enjoy songs and stories outdoors with your preschooler!


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11/17/202110:30am to 11:45am


Make a reservation online, then bring a blanket and enjoy songs and stories outdoors with your preschooler!


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11/24/202110:30am to 11:45am


SANTA’S VILLAGE

 

|NOVEMBER 27, DECEMBER 4, DECEMBER 11, DECEMBER 18|

12PM-4PM

SANTA’S VILLAGE IS OPEN EVERY SATURDAY LEADING UP TO CHRISTMAS DAY. COME ON OUT TO SOLVANG PARK WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES TO MEET MR. AND MRS. CLAUS WITH THEIR CHRISTMAS LISTS READY! WE WILL ALSO HAVE FREE GIFT WRAPPING (PROVIDED BY SANTA BARBARA VETERANS FOUNDATION) WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS,

WE ALSO ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO ENJOY THE WONDERFUL RETAIL AND RESTAURANT LOCATIONS WHILE IN DOWNTOWN SOLVANG. YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOU MIGHT FIND THAT ONE-OF-A-KIND GIFT FOR A SPECIAL SOMEONE!


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11/27/202112:00pm to 4:00pm


NISSE ADVENTURE

RUNS THROUGHOUT ALL OF JULEFEST

JOIN IN ON THE CITY WIDE HUNT FOR THE MYSTERIOUS SOLVANG NISSE! THIS NISSE HAS HIDDEN THEMSELVES THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN SOLVANG AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TRACKING THEM DOWN!

ALL JULEFEST LONG, USING NISSEADVENTURE.COM, WE WILL PROVIDE CLUES WE HAVE GATHERED TO THE VARIOUS HIDING SPOTS THE NISSE FREQUENTS. ONCE YOU FIND THE NISSE, YOU WILL SCAN A QR CODE TO CONTINUE YOUR ADVENTURE AND EARN A SPECIAL PRIZE!


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11/27/202112:00pm to 7:00pm


CANDLE-LIGHT TOURS

NOVEMBER 27, DECEMBER 4, 11, 18 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

GUESTS AND LOCALS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN A GUIDED TOUR LED BY A COSTUMED GUIDE. EVERY PARTICIPANT WILL RECEIVE AN LED CANDLE TO HOLD WHILE LEARNING ABOUT SOLVANG, LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS CAROLS, AND EXPERIENCING THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS WILL BEGIN AT THE SOLVANG VISITOR’S CENTER. THESE TOURS OFFER AN INTIMATE EXPERIENCE AND A PRIVATE MEET AND GREET WITH MR. CLAUS! PLEASE CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW FOR TICKETS!


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11/27/20215:30pm to 6:30pm


Make a reservation online, then bring a blanket and enjoy songs and stories outdoors with your preschooler!


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12/1/202110:30am to 11:45am


TREE LIGHTING

DECEMBER 3

COME OUT AND HELP US KICK OFF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH SOLVANG’S ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING! THE LIGHTING WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 5:00PM TO 6:30PM AT FIRST ST AND MISSION DR.

THE TREE LIGHTING INCLUDES VARIOUS FESTIVITIES INCLUDING BALLERINAS, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, CAROLING, AND THE MUCH ANTICIPATED ARRIVAL OF MR. CLAUS!


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12/3/20215:00pm to 6:30pm


Solvang Christmas PARADE

DECEMBER 4

11AM

JOIN US ALONG WITH 400+ PARTICIPANTS AND 50+ CONTINGENTS AS WE MARCH AND CRUISE DOWN MISSION DRIVE, COPENHAGEN DRIVE, AND ADJACENT STREETS. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BRING MORE HYGGE INTO YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON, AND A FREE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MR. AND MRS. CLAUS!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MARCH, PERFORM, OR HAVE A VEHICLE IN THE PARADE, PLEASE CLICK THE “REGISTER FOR THE PARADE” BUTTON BELOW! REGISTRATION IS FREE FOR ALL GROUPS.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER TO WATCH THE PARADE, ONLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IN THE PARADE.


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12/4/202111:00am to 2:00pm


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